This morning, yesterday’s rain seemed a distant memory, as the day dawned bright and clear. It’s been lovely and sunny, albeit a little bit breezy, and both Maya and 33 have been present in Manton Bay for most of the day. A fish was brought in fairly early in the morning, caught by 33, who ate half and passed the rest to Maya. Last season he did a fabulous job of feeding her and the chicks, and it would seem he’s going to be just as efficient this year! It has looked rather windy up there on the nest at times today, but the ospreys are used to this, and they have both appeared content on their nest and in each other’s company.
Both Maya and 33 have been bringing in nest material today, mostly sticks. 33 likes large sticks, as you may remember from last year! He had a couple of amusing incidents with his sticks today, the funniest of which was when he attempted to land with a rather long, bent one… see the video below!
Maya tried to move this stick while 33 was still sitting on it, to no avail of course, then later he fell off it!
Here he is attempting to move another slightly awkward stick across the nest.
There have been a couple of osprey intrusions over the bay today, but none threatened the nest itself. Overall, it has been a beautiful day, during which our many visitors (and also the staff!) have been entertained by the Manton Bay pair’s antics on and around the nest site.
Some of our visitors today were recently signed up “Osprey Ambassadors” from local schools, here to learn more about the ospreys. This scheme is one of many run by our Education Team, find out more about it by clicking here!
Here are some photographs of the Osprey Ambassadors at Lyndon, taken by Pete Murray.
The Lyndon Centre is open every day from 9am-5pm, and the ospreys will be with us until the end of August. We expect eggs in early April, and chicks in late May! It’s always worth a visit – click here for details of the reserve.